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Jun 17

Buffalo Fire 95% contained! Pre-evacuation order lifted.

Posted on June 17, 2018 at 11:58 AM by Julie Sutor

Buffalo Fire Information
Lisa Loncar-Incident Commander
Sunday June 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
                                                           
Press Contact: Bill Jackson, District Ranger, 970-389-2460

Buffalo Fire 95% contained; crews continue securing fire perimeter  
Containment: 95 %
Total Personnel: 28
Acres: 81
Start Date: June 12, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Location: 2 miles west of Silverthorne, CO

Summary: This morning, management of the Buffalo Fire transitioned to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. The fire is now 95 percent contained and received some rain last night and this morning, which is helping to cool smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeter.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuation orders, effective 11 a.m., Sunday, June 17. There are no evacuation or pre-evacuation orders in place.

Today, crews are diligently patrolling the fire area and mopping-up by extinguishing any smoldering hot spots along the perimeter. Fire behavior continues to be minimal, with the potential for occasional smoldering and smoking from the interior of the fire for several more days. 

“We thank the public in advance for adhering to the closure order and remaining completely out of the fire area while crews continue working,” said Bill Jackson, District Ranger. “There are still smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeter that may continue to produce smoke; additionally there are fire-weakened trees, stump holes and ongoing fire operations.”

Trail Closures: The Buffalo Mountain trail, Royal Buffalo trail, Buffalo Cabin trail, Buffalo-Willow Connect trail, the Pasque trail and all other trails or access points that enter the fire area remain closed for public safety. The District is evaluating damage to these trails that may have occurred during the fire and determining next steps for potential rehabilitation and/or restoration.

Volunteer Opportunities: For those interested in helping with future trail restoration efforts, please contact the Friends of Dillon Ranger District at 970-626-3449 or Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness at 303-903-7127. 

Trail Openings: All other trails previously closed are now open: North Tenmile trail, Meadow Creek trail, Lily Pad trail, Gore Range (north Tenmile to the junction of north Willowbrook trail), Salt Lick trail system, Mesa Cortina trail system, Willowbrook trail system, and the area of Red Buffalo Pass. 

Fire Information:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5841/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2018BuffaloFire/ 
Twitter: @SummitCountyGov or @WhiteRiverNews
Fire Information Phone: 970-414-1632 or 970 -468-5400
General Questions for Summit County Sheriff’s Office: 970-453-2232
#BuffaloFire

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